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Episode Synopsis by Tracy Hemenover
Dax has invited Kira to her and Worf's quarters for dinner, and the two
of them are discussing who Kira might bring with her as they enter Ops.
Dax mentions Odo, but Kira's not receptive to that idea yet. She's
O'Brien detects someone trying to beam in, but there are no ships in
transporter range. A man materializes, looking injured. When Kira bends
down beside him, he puts the muzzle of a disruptor to her stomach. She
is shocked to realize that he looks exactly like her dead lover, Vedek
Sisko clears a path to a runabout, and Bareil takes Kira out of Ops,
threatening to kill her if they're followed. Along the way, she learns
that he's from the mirror universe, and that he's running from the
Alliance. They get where they're going; Kira finally tells him to hand
her the disruptor. She knows the power cell is cracked. He tries to hit
her, but she subdues him, just before Odo and two deputies arrive and
Later, Kira goes to see him in his holding cell, holding the
multidimensional transporter device he used to get here. Bareil wonders
when he'll get to meet himself, but she tells him his counterpart is
dead; he realizes that she knew him, and had deep feelings for him. He
asks her a favor, to destroy the device so he can't be sent back. He
doesn't care what happens to him otherwise.
Sisko is surprised to learn that Kira isn't going to press charges. He
guesses that she's feeling something like what he felt when he met the
other Jennifer: a connection, even knowing that it's not the same
person. Kira says it's not a problem, and Sisko tells her to see that it
doesn't become one.
Released, Bareil meets Kira on the Promenade, and thanks her. People
keep staring at him; she informs him that his counterpart was a
much-respected vedek, a fact he finds amusing, since he admits the life
he has led has been anything but spiritual. Since services are about to
begin at the temple, Kira invites him to join her. He demurs. But inside
the temple, as the Orb of Prophecy is being brought in, she finds
herself being joined by him. Bareil claims that he could use all the
help he can get in starting his new life. He then starts asking
questions about the Orb and the Prophets. After the service, she asks
impulsively if he likes Klingon food.
Kira brings him to dinner with her at Worf and Dax's quarters, where he
tells tales of his daring escapes, and cuts a cake with Worf's mek'leth,
which he has stolen. Later, Bareil walks with Kira back to her quarters;
she invites him in for some raktajino. He tells her about a friend and
partner of his who was killed by Cardassians. Kira says she knows what
it's like to lose someone. She then kisses him. The next morning, they
talk a little in bed about the other Bareil.
In Ops, Dax asks if Kira is going to see Bareil again tonight. Kira
tells her they'll be going to the shrine, so he can have his first Orb
experience. That night, they meet there, and he is full of questions
about what to do. The Vedek finally arrives and opens the Orb. Later,
Bareil seems thoughtful when Kira joins him in the replimat. He starts
to tell her about his vision, but she says it's not meant to be shared,
and tells him to get some rest.
Bareil goes back to his quarters, but hasn't sat for two seconds before
the Intendant appears. She's early, but admits her curiosity got the
better of her. "Now, tell me, how's our little plan progressing?"
"Couldn't be better," he tells her. "Right on schedule." "That's just
what I was hoping to hear," she purrs, and kisses him. However, he
claims to be too tired to go to bed with her. The Intendant guesses that
the Major has gotten to him. The conversation moves to the Orb, which
they are planning to steal and take back to their universe so that they
can use it to unite their people in a war against the Alliance.
Bareil goes into Quark's, where he harshly tells people to stop staring
at him; he's not Vedek Bareil. Quark proposes that he could pose as the
late holy man, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, but Bareil seems
disgusted, and walks out. Quark walks up to Kira later as she's doing
cargo inventory, and tells her about Bareil's visit to the bar. His
opinion is that Bareil is "one of the tormented ones". He also informs
her that he saw Bareil hanging around the shrine for a couple of hours,
as if he was figuring out how to rob it.
In his quarters, Bareil meets up with the Intendant, who has dressed up
in Major Kira's uniform. He has gotten them a pair of combadges. She
tells him to contact her as soon as he has the Orb, and kisses him.
As Bareil enters the shrine and starts working to bypass the security
protocols around the Orb, the Intendant walks up to a deputy on duty
beside a cargo bay door. He asks for her authorization code, and is
startled when she pretends to have pulled a muscle, and asks him to
massage her shoulders. When he complies, she knocks him out, stashes the
body, takes out the multidimensional device and starts doing something
with the transporter controls.
Bareil has just gotten through the forcefield when Kira comes in and
catches him, taking out her phaser. "You had me completely fooled. The
thief in search of redemption. Who could resist that? Obviously, not
me." She tells him to step down from the altar. Then the Intendant
arrives, holding a phaser on her counterpart. "Nerys, you look as
beautiful as ever." Bareil takes Kira's phaser, noting that the
Intendant was supposed to be waiting for him at the transporter pad. She
indicates the device she has keyed the transporter to; she has only to
tap a key to take them home.
Kira tries to convince Bareil that he can't let the Intendant have the
Orb. The Intendant taunts her for still trying to save his soul, telling
her to simply accept her mistake and move on. "Tell her, Antos. Tell her
how you were using her, that everything you told her was a lie. That
every time you touched her, all you could think about was me." Suddenly,
Bareil turns and stuns her with a phaser, admitting to Kira that he'll
have a lot of explaining to do when she wakes up, and he doesn't have
"I guess this is goodbye," Kira says. Bareil acknowledges that it's for
the best. He tells her that in his Orb vision, he saw the two of them
together with a family. But he believes that he would have only done
something to ruin it eventually. "I'm a thief. I belong with her." "Then
you should go," Kira says. Bareil steps to the Intendant, picks up the
multidimensional control, and dematerializes.